It’s now just two months away. And the first full length trailer for the upcoming Bourne film, simply titled Jason Bourne, has now been released.
The film marks Matt Damon‘s return to the franchise after nearly a decade away from the series. 2012’s Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner, performed relatively poorly at the box office, so producers will be hoping Damon’s star power fares better.
Here’s that all-important trailer:
And here are five key things we learned from it:
Matt Damon still packs a punch
The trailer shows Matt Damon’s Bourne engaging in all manner of hard-hitting fisticuffs, proving that the star still has plenty of life left in his onscreen action chops.
While not as young as he once was (he’s 45 now), he can still throw down with the best of them, and towards the end of the trailer lays out a burly looking adversary in a desert-based fight club with a swift hook.
Bourne > Bond
While James Bond’s latest outing Spectre slayed the box office, there’s no denying the overarching smugness of the Craig-era Bond films, as they try to prove themselves intelligent spy thrillers while still being full of far-fetched gadgets and shady paramilitary organisations.
The Bourne films know they are just big, dumb fun, yet somehow manage to be the thinking man’s espionage jaunt; assaulting your senses with multi-car pile ups and explosive set pieces, but also exercising the grey matter.
The cast looks stellar
Just two of the stars making their Bourne series debuts are Hollywood veteran Tommy Lee Jones, and rising star Alicia Vikander.
From the entirely brief snippets of the pair we see in the trailer, at looks as if they’ll be providing important roles, and putting in decent shifts.
They join a cast that already included Damon (who should be settling in nicely in his fourth outing as Bourne), Vincent and Riz Ahmed.
Bourne is still having memory problems
“Remembering everything doesn’t mean you know everything.”
We’re pretty sure Bourne’s amnesia problems had cleared up three two or three films ago, but it seems we’re going to be dealing with more bouts of memory loss from the spy genre’s most forgetful agent.
Bourne is back
We’re not sure if you’d call this a reboot seeing as the Bourne franchise wasn’t exactly one in need of a shot in the arm anyway, but the simplified title, and having Damon back in the title role after Renner’s brief stint, makes us think a slightly different tack might be taking place here.
Either way, it’s refreshing to see Damon taking on Jason Bourne once again, surely one of the defining roles of his career.
Maybe the film’s producers just couldn’t come up with any decent words to stick on the end of ‘The Bourne…’?
Jason Bourne will hit cinemas on July 29